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The Mean Season Reviews

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½ January 22, 2016
Intense but predictable.
March 24, 2015
A watchable mystery with a wonderful creepy performance by Jordan.
April 29, 2014
I always like Kurt Russell. He sure did some hard running in this for one scene. Whenever I watch older movies I always like chuckle to myself over the technology. How big things are or how they used tape players to record phone conversations and the way they had the wires taped to the phone. It's interesting on how much the police had to depend on people back then to catch a killer.
April 18, 2014
Kurt Russell is a Miami reporter investigating a string of murders when he is contacted by a man claiming to be the killer. Russell and the killer then begin a bizarre relationship where each begins using the other for fame and personal gain. The film starts out as a very credible and engaging thriller, and posing some interesting questions eventually about who is using who, but is unfortunately becomes quite ridiculous and far fetched, which turns it into pretty much any of the serial killer films of the late 80s, early 90s, although this one does get credit for being one of the first in that far fetched mold. There an excellent Lalo Schifrin score. There's also a solid supporting cast that includes Mariel Hemingway as Russell's girlfriend, Richard Masur as Russell's editor and there's also Joe Pantoliano, Andy Garcia and my personal favorite character actor of ALL TIME, William Smith. Although Smith only has one scene, that dude is just awesome! I really wish he was in more high profile of films. He wasn't pretty, but he's a big screen presence who more people should appreciate.
Super Reviewer
½ August 3, 2013
Starts off really good and then really makes me lose interest about an hour in. The killer keeps building up to essentially nothing. I kept waiting for this insane plot twist, but nothing happens really, other than the predictable ending sequence (I won't even bother calling that a twist). So it's good for the first half of the film, but then just dies. Thankfully Kurt Russell's awesomeness helps to make this movie watchable at least. He helps to partially nullify the terrible supporting cast, especially the useless love interest, who's only purpose is to get kidnapped. Could have been a lot better.
April 22, 2013
Pedestrian, and lacked chemistry between Russell and Hemingway. I always like Russell, but this is not very exciting. Hemingway was flat (not referring to her bust in her shower scene) and emotionless.
½ March 24, 2013
Okay flick for awhile I guess. It looks and sounds great: meaning it has a great score and the Florida scenery is nice. And I think it works best when the killer is unseen and you just hear his voice. You really don't see much of the crime scenes, more just a body from the distance and some blood. So it isn't going all SE7EN here.

And it really is a slow burn almost to the point of being boring sometimes. Russell is great, as out many of the smaller parts.

The ending was straight out of any horror film sadly.

It's okay but with some editing and one less ending, it could've been far better.
November 30, 2012
There are cliched stories and hackneyed dialogue to be found in every genre and sub-genre of film, but it seems to me that the serial killer movies are more prone to such pitfalls than other types. "The Mean Season" definitely stumbles into quite a few of those such pitfalls along the way, and that's made even worse here by the sad fact that this wasn't very original to begin with.

It was made at a time before this type of filmmaking was chic but it still doesn't have a very interesting story to tell. There's nothing fresh about this, the killer isn't particularly innovative or special and the finale is typical of its type. The usually reliable Kurt Russell is just fine in the lead role, but pretty much everyone else in the cast is wasted in supporting roles that are curiously underwritten.

Mariel Hemingway is supposed to flesh out the film by contributing to the backstory of her relationship with Russell, but in the end in predictable fashion, she's reduced to being just another screaming victim. Worse yet is Richard Jordan as the routine killer, mostly because you don't even see his face until the final two-thirds of the film. In reality, anyone could have played the part. The film also throws in several cheesy plot devices that range from terribly stale to ridiculously outdated, like the hilarious spinning newspapers to the "is it the killer or someone they know" scare tactics.

Much like the rest of "The Mean Season", they all seem shockingly outdated, even for a film that's nearly thirty years old. You won't see anything in this that you haven't seen done better a dozen times before in other better movies.
½ November 24, 2012
a good thriller with an interesting premise. it's also a great look at modern news reporting and the unwanted fame it some times incites.
Super Reviewer
September 25, 2012
A disappointing and lackluster thriller, The Mean Season fails to deliver. Based on a novel, the film follows a burnt-out reporter who catches the story of his life when he's contacted by a serial killer who wants to use him as his messenger to the public. Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, and Andy Garcia lead the cast, but give bland and uninspired performances; especially Hemingway, whose acting is dreadful. Additionally, the storytelling is weak and lacks any suspense or intrigue. And, while there's an interesting theme of reporters effecting and becoming the news, it's not executed very well. The Mean Season is a poorly made crime thriller that lacks passion and intensity.
September 12, 2012
Reporter becomes a conduit to a serial killer in the Miami area and many front page articles follow. Big win for the Miami Herald over the Post. Police don't seem to able generate many leads on their own. Kurt Russell, as usual, is strong in the lead.
September 10, 2012
Effective and well made/acted thriller.
½ July 31, 2012
It was ok. Very predictable. Kurt Russel is good however. Worth a look.

4/10
½ April 30, 2012
Overlooked serial killer film that deserves a look. One of Richard Jordan's best performances.
April 12, 2012
ok thriller that runs out of gas towards the end and becomes a bit silly in the process.

Kurt Russell plays Malcom Anderson a burnt out Miami reporter who becomes the mouthpiece for a ruthless serial killer who intends to carry out 5 murders.

What Follows is a race against time to catch the killer and save his realtionship with his girlfriend before both parts come head to head.

The film is good cast wise with an Early turn for Andy Garcia as acop on the case and Richard Jordan as well i wont say anymore.

The big problem is the film is trying so hard to be thrilling the last third becomes so stupid it kills all the tension that happens before.
The old is he dead?or not dead? routine comes off half cocked and despite the casts best efforts i was left feeling a bit cheated.
Good stuff then but i have seen better.
½ October 22, 2011
Feels dated, but with a cast like this that goes on to bigger and better things it is well worth watching just for that.
October 22, 2011
J'adore Kurt Russell, tout simplement! Malheuresement, ce film est quelque peu déçevant, mais c'est quand même pas si pire..
½ January 7, 2011
A rather unsatisfying mix of "Red Dragon" and "Absence of Malice".
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